What's New- November '00
Introducing "Y.E.S. P.L.E.A.S.E."
To specially reward those of you who really value my e4-e5 site by subscribing to it, I am now introducing another new feature. Subscribers are hereby invited to send me at any time their own particular requests regarding opening lines (stemming from 1 e4 e5) which they would like to see analysed in extra detail on this site. From the subscribers' requests which come in by e-mail to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com, I'll choose (at least) one every month and do a special feature on it. That's what Y.E.S. P.L.E.A.S.E. is all about: Your Extra-Special Pet Lines Extensively Analysed. Super-Effective!!
Clearly, I may not be able to answer all requests immediately, but I can promise you that none of them will be ignored. All subscriber requests will be answered as quickly as possible to the very best of my ability.
I look forward to receiving your topics by e-mail, and I thank you for your continued interest in this site.
With Very Best Wishes,
The e-pawn emperor's next e4-e5 'monthly update' will be posted on this Internet site towards the end of December, and in the meantime he will, as always, reply personally to as many e-mail messages as possible which come to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com. Right now, though, there's a tasty new collection of fresh games, puzzles, and other treats to bring you endless hours of enjoyment in a mega bumper-size November update. So let's swiftly move up a gear or two to tackle the first challenge coming rapidly towards us...
The super-GM clash between Michael Adams and Jeroen Piket at Wijk aan Zee 1991 opened with the Siesta variation of the Ruy Lopez: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 c3 f5 (which also featured in game G13.45 ). However, White later erred, allowing Black to play a crushing 16th move which you are invited to find from the following position:
A solution will appear in the next 'update' on this site at the end of December.
The brainteaser was as follows:
The game between FM Arthur van de Oudeweetering and Geert Legemaat in the semi-finals of the 1995 Dutch Championship opened with the moves 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 e5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 a3!?, thereby reaching the same interesting line which featured in game G11.3. However, instead of 4...Bc5, Legemaat chose 4...d6, but just 16 moves later he found himself about to be crushed in the following position:
Black is clearly in dire straits, and now at move 21 White delivered an instantly-fatal blow which you too are invited to find.
The finish was 21 Rf6!! (the most convincing move, threatening 22 Ng5) 21...Bxf6 (what else?) 22 Nxf6+ Qxf6 (or 22...Kh8 23 Qxh7#) 23 Rxf6, and Black resigned four moves later.
This regular feature puts the spotlight on a player of the past or present whose birthday was or still is a day in the current month. For example, England's super-GM Michael Adams (born on 17.11.1971) is a truly world-class 'November birthday' player, and for our game G13.54 I've chosen his swift stunning 22-move victory as Black in the Marshall Attack against Greek GM Vasilios Kotronias at Chalkidiki 1992.
Would YOU like to star in The Birthday Game? If so, please send an e-mail to MrMo@ChessPublishing.com sometime between the 1st and 15th day of the month preceding your birthday month, and include the following information to be considered by Mr Mo: your name, date & place of birth, and one of your own games starting with 1 e4 e5 (or another acceptable move-order such as 1 e4 Nc6 2 Nf3 e5 or 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 e5). Although annotations are not strictly necessary (since Mr Mo will always analyse the game too), your own personal notes would certainly be most welcomed. Please do mention where and when the game was played, and also state the players' names (together with ratings, if applicable).
Don't be shy-let us celebrate YOUR birthday too!
By the way, since James Bond is about the same age as myself- we both 'arrived on the scene' in 1962, as my delivery doctor knows like 007's Dr No!- I'll conclude this section with 'Happy Birthday' in 007 different languages that I've had at least some exposure to:
Happy Birthday (English)
Shengri kuai le (Mandarin)
Heureux Anniversaire (French)
Gelukkig Verjaardag (Dutch)
Herzliche Wünsche zum Geburtstag (German)
Buon Compleanno (Italian)
Special thanks this month to Chris Morrison, who recently sent me very useful information which certainly enhances the quality of this e4-e5 Internet site.
This fourteenth update (since the initial launch material in September 1999) is dedicated to my friend Chris Morrison, a keen chess internationalist who also stars as our newest Hero of the Month.
Tons of fresh mouth-watering goodies await us, including a king-size helping of Ruy Lopez games in the septet G13.54 , G13.55 , G13.56 , G13.57 , G13.58 , G13.59 , and G13.60 , where you'll also find other handy supplementary bonuses.
After so much effervescent chess, if you can honestly hold another flagon-full, then go ahead and take a refill with the Philidor Defence of G6.7.
In general, the action-packed battles are made even more irresistible by the presence of related challenging puzzles, which can also be seen in the section called "Puzzle Paradise".
And the feast is still far from over yet...! Further courses include the very select stimulating material that appears in the Reflection Zone , but only subscribers can access that section and all the juicy annotated games too.
It's a personal choice, but for me three of the Most Outstanding Moves from the games within this month's update material are as follows. The sacrifice 20...Rxb2! more than rocks GM Krum Georgiev in G13.58 ; then a bishop blasts through super-GM opposition when 25...Bd4!! impacts in G13.57 ; and finally it's a knight that floors White with 18...Nf4! played by the great Michael Adams against GM Vasilios Kotronias in G13.54.
The key idea here is that (although in general we focus on recent happenings) it still pays off to study some memorable older material. For instance, in game G13.54 , White gets a fright all right when facing the marvellous Marshall Attack in the hands of super-GM "tricky Mickey" Adams. It's an eight-year-old encounter, but that game being selected again now is still highly instructive (and entertaining too!).
Our Hero of the Month, Chris Morrison, has a December 4 birthday, as does a famous American IM who in his youth starred in a film about a former World Champion. Can you name that champion, and also the film and the American IM? Answers will appear in next month's 'update', but meanwhile enjoy all the goodies awaiting you now on this site...
The puzzle was as follows:
Our Hero of the Month, Richard Furness, was born on 12th May 1937.
(i) Can you name the former World Champion who regained his title in that year?
(ii) Can you name a later World Champion who was born on 30th January 1937?
(iii) Can you name a top Hungarian grandmaster who was born on 4th April 1937?
(i) Alexander Alekhine; (ii) Boris Spassky; (iii) Lajos Portisch.
The previous launch and update material laid the foundations for further enjoyable adventures with 1 e4 e5 as our chosen starting point. This month, much of the new material comes from the recent World Chess Teams Olympiad in Istanbul, and so an appropriate motto for us now is that of F.I.D.E., the International Chess Federation, whose special motto is the Latin words "Gens Una Sumus" meaning "We are one family".
The title sounds like a James Bond assignment, but it's actually much less dangerous! At the special request of subscriber Livio Olivetto, from July 2000 onwards all new main or complete games on this e4-e5 site have been labelled with an ECO code from the range C20-C99, to match the particular opening variations featured. The codes provide an extra means of identifying games containing one's own favourite opening lines, and so the codes are being given in the Index of New Games. Some people may like to construct, for their own personal use, a complete index of games according to ECO codes, but since I know that many readers would find its appearance to be rather abstract, I shall leave it as a project to be done at home only by people who are really big fans of ECO codes!
Main games have ECO code labels associated with their particular opening lines.
(bold indicates that the player had White)